We recommend your kitten receive a series of 3 vaccinations at 6, 12 and 16 weeks of age and that adult cats receive a yearly booster for Feline Enteritis, and Cat Flu (Feline Respiratory Disease). Kittens require a series of vaccinations to ensure that they remain protected during their first year.
Their mother’s milk offers some immunity for their first few weeks but this can reduce the length of protection they gain from their vaccinations. This makes it particularly important to ensure that your new kitten has the full course of vaccinations.
Adult cats also require regular vaccinations to maintain their immunity against infectious disease. The immunity gained from their vaccination wears off with time allowing your cat to become susceptible to infection again. Regular booster vaccination is important to effectively protect your cat from infectious diseases.
What do we vaccinate against?
Feline Enteritis (Feline Panleucopaenia): This is a highly contagious viral disease that is often fatal especially in young cats and kittens. It causes a severe disease with vomiting, diarrhoea and severe abdominal pain, and can cause birth defects or miscarriages in pregnant queens.
Cat Flu (Feline Respiratory Disease)
This can be caused by a number of organisms the most common of which are Feline Herpesvirus and/or Feline Calicivirus. It is highly contagious and can affect cats of any age. The symptoms relate to an upper respiratory tract infection and can include sneezing, coughing, nasal or eye discharge, loss of appetite and tongue ulcers.
It is not normally fatal except in young kittens; however it can make the cat sick for several weeks. Recovered cats can continue to carry and spread the infection and may develop relapses particularly after times of stress.